Recently I read some pretty sad stuff on a friend’s Facebook wall (or I guess they call it a timeline now, either way…). This guy is part of a union and the union went on strike and he decided that he couldn’t afford to go on strike, and felt is was more important to feed his family. You would have thought this guy had said that he was best friends with Hitler or that he was going on a puppy killing spree. Fellow union members were repeatedly calling him a worthless scab, criticizing his artwork (?), telling him to rip up his union card, and informing him that he was no longer considered as a part of their brotherhood. In my opinion he is probably better off. Clearly those people are very mature and loving brothers.
It reminded me of what I have seen on those gang shows on cable. These guys bullying and beating other guys and girls I guess for abandoning their “brotherhood.” What kind of brotherhood is that? A pretty shitty one if you ask me.
Unfortunately it is also very similar to another “brotherhood,” the Church. I have been called divisive and cynical so many times that I am thinking of getting those terms tattooed on my forearms. Why have I been called those things? Because I call into question the things that other people believe and teach. Here’s a news flash: it is not divisive to question other people’s views! Divisive is when you make your relationship contingent on those views, and when another person disagrees with what you think, you no longer want to be friends or whatever with that person. That is divisive. That is what Christians look like today, a bunch of dicks walking around telling other people that the only way to be part of their “brotherhood” is to agree with everything that they say, and for those of us who don’t? We are the ones that are causing the division. We are the ones causing the disunity.
If unity can only be built on agreement, we’re all screwed.